A native of Erie, Pa., Rear Adm. Kohler graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1983 and was commissioned an ensign in 1984 through the Aviation Officer Candidate School, Pensacola, Fla. His operational tours include aviation intelligence officer for Fighter Squadron (VF) 102 at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach, Va.; assistant chief of staff for Intelligence (N2) for Commander Amphibious Squadron One in San Diego; and assistant chief of staff for Intelligence (N2) for Cruiser Destroyer Group Two/USS George Washington Battle Group based in Norfolk, Va.
Kohler’s shore tours include: Fleet Ocean Surveillance Information Center Commander in Chief/U.S. Naval Forces Europe in London, England; Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C.; Joint Warfare Analysis Center in Dahlgren, Va.; United States Special Operations Command in Tampa, Fla.; Joint Interagency Task Force South in Key West, Fla.; National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Md.; and deputy commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/deputy commander, U.S. 10th Fleet in Fort Meade, Md. He assumed his current responsibility as deputy director of Naval Intelligence/director, Intelligence Operations, OPNAV N2/N6 in August 2012.
Kohler is an information dominance warfare qualified naval intelligence officer. He holds master’s degrees from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (Computer Science) and from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (Military History).
Kohler's personal awards include the Legion of Merit, three Defense Superior Service Medals, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and one Joint Achievement Medal.